Turning Road at Montgeroult (1899) by Paul Cezanne

Turning Road at Montgeroult - Paul Cezanne - 1899

Artwork Information

TitleTurning Road at Montgeroult
ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions65 x 52 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
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About Turning Road at Montgeroult

Turning Road at Montgeroult is a well-known painting by Paul Cezanne, a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter. This landscape artwork belongs to his final period of Cubism and was painted in 1899, around the time he was returning from Montgeroult to his hometown Aix-en-Provence.

The painting depicts a curvy road surrounded by trees and houses, which converge towards the center of the painting. The use of flattened planes with strong contrasting colors, dark greens on one side with light blues on another creates depth in the work. Cezanne’s unique perspective techniques separate foreground elements while grouping background ones together. The painting technique demonstrates how it is only when lines and colors are broken down into their basic geometries that they can achieve harmony in the composition.

According to his contemporaries, Cezanne believed in representing out-of-door scenes as faithfully as possible without compromising artistic integrity or aesthetics systems in existence at the time, something evident in this beautiful piece of art. As stated earlier, Turning Road at Montgeroult exemplifies great landscape paintings that capture an idyllic scene along with color usage peculiar to Paul Cezanne work. It is considered one of his most significant canvases and recently acquired by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City adding extra value to its significance historically and economically for art enthusiasts globally.

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